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Julianna Margulies says she was 'sloppy thirds' in 'Good Wife' casting

It’s hard to imagine The Good Wife without Julianna Margulies playing complicated attorney Alicia Florrick. But Margulies revealed she was actually the third choice for her Emmy-winning role.

“When The Good Wife came to me, it came in such a backhanded compliment. [They said] ‘So Ashley Judd was offered this script, but she’s turning it down,'” the actress revealed during a Hollywood Reporter Emmy roundtable of Best Actress from a Drama contenders. Margulies said she was then told that as long as Helen Hunt passed, she could go for the part. READ FULL STORY

Josh Charles on 'Inside Amy Schumer' gives us unfounded hope for Will Gardner -- VIDEO

Everyone stop panicking, because we’ve found Will Gardner! He isn’t dead after all! He’s simply having a bit of a mid-life crisis, guys, and it’s OK. I have a plan to get him back to his rightful home on The Good Wife.

In a segment titled “The Foodroom” on Inside Amy Schumer, we find Will struggling with his new career choice. As Amy tells him in the clip, he’s damaged goods, and we all know why. Clearly, he was mistaken for dead and then forced to leave Chicago (and Alicia) behind. Plus, he was obviously forced to change his name to J.J.

Now, he’s stuck in an unhappy relationship with Amy Schumer while he works as a manager at a fast food restaurant and tries to relive his glory days. He even walks around giving inspirational speeches like he’s still working a courtroom. It breaks my heart.

Here’s some perspective for you: Old Will had a nice apartment, a comfortable bed — right Alicia? — and spent his days fighting for justice. The new Will has a bassist as a roommate, sleeps on a futon, and spends his days fighting for obesity. But one thing we can hold onto: He still knows how to clear a desk counter!

Watch the Newsroom-esque clip below (bestowed upon you by Aaron Sorkin): READ FULL STORY

'The Good Wife': Which moments in the mourning episode hit you hardest?

The March 30 episode of The Good Wife centered around the fact that people deal with grief differently. Holding to that truth, it makes sense that viewers would be most moved by different moments in the hour, which showed Will Gardner’s (Josh Charles) colleagues learning of and trying to make sense of his death.

Let’s test that theory: List the three moments that hit you hardest in the comments section. Here are a few EW staff picks to get us started: READ FULL STORY

'The Good Wife,' 'New Girl' and the hollow gamesmanship of TV 'game-changers'

It’s been a bad week to be a ‘shipper. Last Sunday, The Good Wife killed off legal eagle Will Gardner (Josh Charles), gunning down the dreams of fans who’ve hoped that the series would reunite Will with Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies). That same night, Girls drove a wedge between Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Adam (Adam Driver): In a development as out-of-the-blue as the bullets that claimed Will’s life, Hannah was accepted into the University of Iowa’s prestigious writers’ workshop, then mishandled the communication of the news with Adam, who used the occasion to break up with her after a season of growing doubt about their relationship. A couple days later, another pair of scrappy-scruffy love birds surrendered to anxieties about their union when New Girl‘s Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) decided to decouple and revert back to just-friendship. All this, and Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin called it quits, too. It’s all very sad and Phil Collinsy.

With the three television shows, ‘ship death (and just plain death) brings creative opportunity (albeit not before an obligatory grief ep or two). As Mark Harris observes, Will’s death should seed “dramatic possibility” for several characters, notably Alicia and Diane (Christine Baranski). Season 4 of Girls (due next year) could feel like a markedly different show — one with new characters, conflicts, and of course setting — if Hannah follows through and relocates to Iowa. And New Girl – struggling since the sitcom put Jess and Nick together — has a chance to win us over anew by basically reverting to its original settings.

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'The Good Wife' star Josh Charles takes the EW Pop Culture Personality Test -- VIDEO

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On Sunday, The Good Wife closes its fourth season with a finale that Josh Charles promises will set the show up nicely for the fall. “Things are gonna get very complicated, in a good way,” he says. We believe him: There’s that promo that shows Diane (Christine Baranski) busting Will (Charles) and Alicia (Julianna Margulies) in a liplock. We know Cary (Matt Czuchry) continues maneuvering to start his own firm. And Alicia, Will, and Diane face off against Patti Nyholm (Martha Plimpton), in front of Judge Abernathy (Denis O’Hare), in a series of emergency court proceedings after Zach believes he’s witnessed vote tampering on the night of Peter’s gubernatorial election.

Charles took the Fifth on giving us spoilers, but he did happily submit to an EW Pop Culture Personality Test — revealing the TV shows that make him cry, something from his childhood he lost and wishes he still had, his geekiest possession, his first concert, and more. READ FULL STORY

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